Jordan is a country that has a storied past because of its location between some of the oldest countries in the world: Israel, Iraq and Syria. Its history dates back several centuries ago; some of the vestiges of this have withstood the test of time and are now UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Other than its rich history and culture, it also has stunning and unique landscapes tourists and photographers will enjoy. If you are planning to visit this country, here are places to include in your itinerary.
LDS Jordan trips or any excursion for that matter always includes the most famous and iconic attraction in the country, Petra. This ancient city goes by the names Rose or Red City; it used to be the Nabataean Kingdom’s capital before the Romans included it in their empire.
After the fall of Rome, Petra deteriorated and was no longer in the minds of the west. Its rediscovery in the 19th century piqued the interest of explorers and tourists alike. Fast forward to today, it is a prime destination included in many bucket lists.
This stunning destination will make you feel like you are in Mars. Its red landscape is a natural wonder with its distinct, towering rock formations. This world-renowned valley is a photographers’ haven, especially during sunrise or sunset when the light blazes the views into fiery orange.
It is also a famous movie set for the award-winning film Lawrence of Arabia. Explore the area, follow the trails or try climbing the mountains for a good day out.
The Dead Sea
Jordan may be a mostly landlocked country, but a part of the Dead Sea is within its borders. The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth and has sky-high salinity levels, making it a unique destination to include in your itinerary. It is a significant historic destination because it is where John the Baptist baptized Jesus.
You’ll also find other religious sites nearby, if you have enough time to explore. The water contains a lot of minerals, which make it an excellent place to take a therapeutic dip.
The Jordanian capital of Amman is a cultural and historical hub. Spend a couple of days here to get a glimpse of the country’s distinct culture and rich history before going to the more famous sites. You’ll discover a few Roman ruins such as the Nymphaeum and the Amphitheatre.
Don’t forget to visit the Ummayad Palace and the Roman Temple of Hercules during your stay.
When one thinks of vestiges of the Roman Empire, the Middle East wouldn’t be the top of mind destination. However, Jerash in Jordan has a couple of Greco-Roman relics. When you explore this part of the country, you’ll find a Hippodrome and Hadrian’s Arch.
The Jerash Archaeological Museum also contains a variety of artifacts that are centuries old.
Jordan is a fascinating country that has plenty to offer tourists interested in history and the Middle East’s distinct culture. You’ll also find some of the most beautiful landscapes in this part of the world.